Sonos makes wireless multi-room music systems for the home and had been doing well. MacFarlane was planning to clean out his desk and move on when Amazon released its Echo speakers, which started to see off his company from the market.
Writing in the company’s bog, MacFarlane said that the changes need to fight back were complete, now it’s about acceleration and leading. “I can look ahead and see the role of Sonos, with the right experiences, partners, and focus, with a healthy future. In short, the future of the home music experience, and the opportunity for Sonos has never been better.”
Sonos has become more competitive with UX updates and increased compatibility with music services like Spotify and Apple Music. Last year MacFarlane laid off employees.
The role of CEO will be filled by Patrick Spence, who is currently serving as the company’s president, after four years as COO and stints at RIM and IBM Canada.
MacFarlane will be staying on at the Santa Barbara-based streaming hardware company in a consulting role, but will be resigning from its board of directors.